Cinnamon Club Diwali Dinner

The festival of lights, the celebration of good triumphing over evil and lots of fireworks – Diwali is one of India’s best known and celebrated festivals. Naturally, with any great festival, comes lots of food, people gifting food, especially dry fruits and nuts, barfi or Indian sweets. Add to that equation shopping for new clothes, wearing your finest sari’s and silk kurtas and you’ve got some sense of a grand party, in essence. This being a carpe diem of gastronomic celebration, where better to celebrate a Diwali dinner in London than The Cinnamon Club, especially with the some of the UK’s finest cooking for you in aid of Action Against Hunger.

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 The line up for the night: Rakesh Nair (Cinnamon Club Head Chef), Dhruv Baker (Masterchef winner 2010), Navin Bhatia (Dockmasters House), Vivek Singh (Cinnamon Club Executive Chef & MD), Sriram Aylur (Quilon), Anirudh Arora (Moti Mahal).

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So, with the free-flowing bubbly, Rakesh’s canapes helped us from getting light headed as we gazed at some of the incredible art on auction.

Crab and Cod Cakes
Lamb Seekh Kebab, Roomali Roti
Crisp Puri, Spiced Potatoes, Tamarind

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From there we merrily sauntered over to our tables and in due course came Dhruv’s amuse of Cauliflower Pakora, Spiced Pea Puree which was a few mouthfuls of joy, the cauli’s being crisp on the outside and a thin ‘cakey’ layer on the inside with a tangy puree to snap it all up.

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 Navin Bhatia’s Trio of Duck came next – looking much fancier than it actually tasted. It consisted of a duck omlette, duck seekh kebab and duck samosa. Neither of the three had much flavour and neither was the duck very flavoursome. The chutney with the samosa was lovely though.

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Halibut & Lobster
Old Delhi Chicken

Vivek Singh’s Halibut, Spiced Artichokes & Lobster Bisque had M singing praises all through the evening for it. I was told that the bisque had a gentle warming and spiced roundness that was out of this world. I on the other hand, had a Cinnamon Club signature, Old Delhi Style Chicken – tandoori chicken with a tomato & fenugreek sauce. I wasn’t missing any lobster bisque with this in front of me!

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Sriram Aylur’s Lamb Biryani, Spinch Poriyal, Pomegranate Raita was everything I could have wished for and more. The biryani – a symphony of aroma, texture and all those flavours in perfect harmony, this was special in every way. And keeping with tradition, a spicy sauce to complement the rice, creamy yoghurt and  spinach cooked with coconut. And just in case one was feeling like being a bit greedy and asking for more, came the bread selection and black lentils. Could I have been any happier?

Anirudh Arora’s Stewed Pineapple with Molasses, Pistachio Rice Pudding, Jaggery Cream was a let down after the previous two courses. The pineapple was excessively sweet and the whole dish was much like baby food with the pineapple flavour killing pretty much everything else, but being quite full up, satiated, this was soon overlooked in favour of the petit fours? Gulab Jamuns, Moti Choor Laddoo, Truffles. In translation: milk dumplings, sweets made with gram flour, milk, sugar and ghee (so very rich, moreish and yummy!).

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The whole meal was perfectly matched with Sula Wines from India and entertainment by way of an auction and a sitar performance by virtuoso Baluji Shriastav made the evening a joyous and memorable one. Not to mention the goody bags we got when we left that had pickles, chutneys and chocolates!

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I’d definitely recommend booking this for next year! I know I will!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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